Slippage in Andalucía

By Isobel Hodges
Oliver Townend/creative commons.

December. The pink sky oxidises;
shatters. I arrive in Cádiz
as votes are counted.

Vox. The ugly apparatus
of voice. Pulses amplify.
Even bone marrow
knows fear.

Observe with bated breath. Tendons shift
and scapulae convene.
Forty years clear of the régime
and yet, Vox,
on a platform of loathing
the clean-up in living memory.

Weighted descent takes more than
amnesia and collective shock
seems naive after
Bolsonaro, Le Pen, Salvini and Macri.

Madrid rains expose another
ditch of bones.
Not even the slaughtered
have sway.

Never again is a fading refrain
and seaweed chokes the surf
in the Bay of Cádiz.


Waratah Lahy Playing in the apocalypse 2020 Ink & watercolour on paper Image size 12 x 14 cm, framed size 42 x [220]

Solastalgia: a review

By Amy Walters

The theme of Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s yearly program is ‘solastalgia’ which asks what the response of art will be in face of destruction, dispossession and the climate crisis. The program was kicked off with moving works from Nick Moir, Tony Curran and Waratah Lahy, and Hannah Bronte.